Jakobsen: Perth match is the perfect test

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Adelaide United’s early season form has slipped away, but captain Michael Jakobsen believes this weekends tie against Perth Glory is the opportunity they need to test themselves.

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”Perth had a slow start to the season but they are now showing what they did last year and the abilities they have,” he said.

”It’s going to be a very tough match with a long way to travel so we need to do everything we can to prepare well on the training pitch and set up correctly.

”We need to be aware of what they are doing because they are one of the strongest teams in this league.

”It will be a very good test for us to see where we are – hopefully, we can perform as we did against Sydney and I reckon we have a really good chance to bring the points home from Perth.”

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The Glory, by contrast, has turned their poor start to the season around and are free-scoring of late with 14 goals scored in their last four matches.

This is cause for concern for Adelaide as they travel to HBF Park with only one clean sheet all season, but at the other end of the pitch, Jakobsen understands the attacking talent his side possesses can trouble any team.

”It’s going to be tough against Perth, they are going to create chances because they are a quality team – especially offensively because that’s where they have the biggest threats,” he said.

”Defensively, they will have issues with our quick front runners so I think we can make it very difficult for them but we need to be tight at the back and don’t give away too many chances.”

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The Reds are desperate for a win after three consecutive losses and a place in the top six slipping away with Melbourne Victory drawing level on points, but that hasn’t affected the morale in the squad according to their captain.

”We have a strong belief in what we do and everybody seems to be on the right way so we can’t fault the effort people put in.

”The morale is good and everybody works hard in training, so we are heading in the right direction.”

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For the Glory, a win will reinforce third place on the ladder and give them the belief that they can chase down Melbourne City’s second position.

Adelaide United take on Perth Glory at HBF Park in Round 14 of the A-League on the 11th of January.

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta, Adelaide United

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Euan James
Euan James
Lover of all things football. Covering Adelaide United in 2019/20 for TFS!

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